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Wordnet 3.0

ADJECTIVE (2)

1. showing modest reserve;
- Example: "she was diffident when offering a comment on the professor's lecture"

2. lacking self-confidence;
- Example: "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"
- Example: "problems that call for bold not timid responses"
- Example: "a very unsure young man"
[syn: diffident, shy, timid, unsure]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Diffident \Dif"fi*dent\, a. [L. diffidens, -entis, p. pr. of diffidere; dif- = dis + fidere to trust; akin to fides faith. See Faith, and cf. Defy.] 1. Wanting confidence in others; distrustful. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] You were always extremely diffident of their success. --Melmoth. [1913 Webster] 2. Wanting confidence in one's self; distrustful of one's own powers; not self-reliant; timid; modest; bashful; characterized by modest reserve. [1913 Webster] The diffident maidens, Folding their hands in prayer. --Longfellow. Syn: Distrustful; suspicious; hesitating; doubtful; modest; bashful; lowly; reserved. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

diffident adj 1: showing modest reserve; "she was diffident when offering a comment on the professor's lecture" 2: lacking self-confidence; "stood in the doorway diffident and abashed"; "problems that call for bold not timid responses"; "a very unsure young man" [syn: diffident, shy, timid, unsure] [ant: confident]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

58 Moby Thesaurus words for "diffident": bashful, boggling, cautious, cowardly, coy, demure, demurring, deprecative, deprecatory, faltering, fearful, fearing, fearsome, goosy, hesitant, hesitating, in fear, jibbing, jumpy, modest, mousy, nervous, qualmish, rabbity, reluctant, retiring, scary, scrupling, scrupulous, self-deprecating, self-depreciating, self-depreciative, self-distrustful, self-doubting, self-effacing, shaky, shilly-shallying, shivery, shrinking, shy, skittery, skittish, squeamish, startlish, sticking, stickling, straining, tentative, timid, timorous, trembling, tremulous, trepidant, trigger-happy, unassertive, unassured, unselfconfident, unselfreliant